'Rising Star'
Legal 500 2024


James is an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice of the London office, having joined Mayer Brown in 2019 as a trainee. James spent six months on secondment at a leading FTSE 100 company, working primarily to support its venture capital arm. He has advised on a wide range of private equity and private M&A transactions, with a focus on acting for private equity investors and their portfolio companies on both the buy and sell-side of matters.  


  • Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS), a Marlin Equity Partners portfolio company, on its strategic merger with Appsbroker Ltd, a leading digital transformation consultancy.
  • Marlin Equity Partners on its growth investment in Learning Pool, a market-leading e-learning company.
  • Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Linnworks, an ecommerce platform.
  • Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Silobreaker, a leading provider of risk and threat  intelligence solutions.
  • Marlin Equity Partners on its acquisition of Rydoo from Sodexo, a leading global SaaS solution for managing expense reports and business travel.
  • Marlin Equity Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in Cloud Technology Solutions Group - one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing Google Cloud partners. 
  • Marcura, the Dubai-based provider of software and other solutions to the maritime industry, on its acquisition of the world’s leading maritime procurement platform, ShipServ Ltd. 
  • Vitruvian Partners on its investment in Sykes Holiday Cottages, the UK’s leading independent holiday home provider to fund the group’s fast-growing plans for further UK and International expansion.
  • Sykes Holiday Cottages on its acquisition of Forest Holidays, the UK's leading owner and operator of environmentally sensitive cabins.
  • Vitruvian Partners on its acquisition of the AnyVan Group, an online booking platform that allows private and business customers to book a broad range of delivery services via their online marketplace.
  • Epiris on the acquisition of Pure Cremation, the leading provider of prepaid funeral plans in the UK. 
  • TriSpan, a global private equity firm, on its investment in Mowgli Street Food Group.
  • CBPE Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Perspective Financial Group Limited, a financial advisory aggregation business following approval from the Financial Conduct Authority.
  • Aurelius on its acquisition of McKesson UK in a corporate carve-out from the US healthcare company McKesson Corporation.
  • A Hong Kong based blockchain company on its Series A financing round.
  • Pernod Ricard SA on its acquisition of The Whisky Exchange platform.
  • Generac Holdings Inc on its acquisition of Deep Sea Electronics from Caledonia Investments.
  • A US hedge fund and European asset manager on their acquisition of a circa €100 million development plot in Portugal (and associated joint venture arrangements).
  • A social care provider on a joint venture with a UK private equity fund to acquire and develop a portfolio of specialist care homes across the UK.
  • Chinachem Group on its acquisition of the Kaleidoscope office building in Farringdon, London.
  • Chinachem Group on the purchase of One New Street Square for £349.5 million. 
  • Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited in India, on its acquisition of Stoke Park Limited.
  • A Japanese institutional investor on its acquisition of a 50% stake in a corporate vehicle holding a re-development asset in central London.


  • England and Wales
  • James is listed as a Rising Star in the Legal 500 UK 2024 rankings for Private Equity: Mid-Market.